Goodbye 2021 & very warm welcome to 2022!
I think it's fair to say 2021 (much like 2020) has been one of the most challenging times to conduct academic research. If you were dependent on lab equipment, you were stuck in time of lockdown. If you liked hanging with your peers, that was also cancelled, at least in real life. So, can we be confident that 2022 will be different?
I'm an optimist by nature, so I certainly hope that the worst of hospitalisations and deaths from Covid are behind us. Many more people are vaccinated now, even though that is very patchy in a global sense. Plus, we have flexed to take lockdowns - if not in our stride - then at least we aren't scared about them anymore. We know what's involved.
So, if we can truly start to put Covid behind us in 2022, what are you looking forward to? I am missing my colleagues in India and would love to think I would see them again in real life in 2022. And then there's the World Cup in Qatar next December. Let's start looking forward with joy. What's on your calendar for 2022?